Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Old Hunter » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:01 am

I stopped by the ACE HDW at Carolina Beach NC last week while we were vacationing there - they had quite a few knives, Bear & Son, Buck, Leatherman Tools, and some others. I couldn't look long because I was watching my daughter while my wife shopped; she will disappear in a heartbeat so I couldn't linger at the knife display. There was also a Tru-Value in Carolina Beach - they had a very decent display of Case knives there - maybe the Chinese won't get all our money!!
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by deanmm56 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:31 am

Hey Old Hunter,

You definitely are from Eastern NC, aren't you ?
I live in Durham and used to travel those areas all the time when I was a salesman for a national company.
Have stopped many a time ... probably at the same stores, to look at a knife or two at the local Ace hardware.

If you are familiar with Durham .... there is an old knife store off of Sharron Rd. Quite a nice selection of American made knives.
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Old Hunter » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:07 am

Dean, I was in the Army National Guard unit in Durham for a number of years (5-1/2 total on two different tours) - the Armory up Duke Street, across the street from the HS football stadium. I have only been back there once (cased the colors of the 30th CSG - my old command) since I retired 7 years ago, but I do pass through heading to Charlotte several times a year - maybe lunch one trip? Bruce
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Old Hunter » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:20 pm

I have an update on the Bear & Son 547; been doing some whittling lately and decided to try the sheepfoot on the Bear 547 for that purpose. It wasn't sharp enough for whittling so I got out my old Browning Arkansas stone and some honing oil to touch the blade up. Much to my surprise the Bear stainless steel blade sharpened very easily to an extremely sharp edge - I was pleased. Sometimes I struggle with stainless to get the edge I want (a late 1980's Blue Grass Cutlery Winchester being my toughest ever, then my Buck's being easier than the BGC-WIN but tougher than the Bear). At any rate this knife sharpens readily - time will tell how long the edge holds. OH
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Cutty » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:59 pm

I agree OH

B&S stainless is easy to sharpen and gets razor sharp. Edge retention, 8 out of 10 IMO. I whittle with my 547, nothing major as I have zero talent ::td:: but it'll make big sticks into smaller sticks with ease.
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by deltaboy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:38 am

Have to check out ACE hardware next time I am near one.
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by stagman » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:29 pm

I carried that Bear MGC Sideliner...4 1/2" with pocket clip and stag -bone scales
for 4 yrs straight back in early 1990's...the one with the black titainium coating
on the blade,,,never had no trouble with it,,retired it when I bought a Crawford
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Chase » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:18 am

I was just at Shot Show 2017 and I had the opportunity to meet up with the good folks at Bear & Son Cutlery.

Wally Gardiner (Former President of Imperial Schrade and Owner of Canal Street Cultery Brand) is now thier National Accounts Guy. I also met Ken and his son Matt. These folks are really down to earth and more than happy to work with their customers. I had several meetings with them and some of my Military Customers and it looks like we are going to do some significant business with them (Tactical Line)

They have some really great assisted openers as well as some phenominal Autos. Their top price (MSRP) is where others, like B-Made start their low end prices. Their pricing is extremely competitive.

The quality of their Tactical line is fantastic and I must warn you, they fire hard, both the assisted openers and the autos. In fact if you are not paying attention, they will fly out of your hand.

If you are looking for a great assisted opener or Auto that is "Budget Friendly" and yes AMERICAN Made, you have to check out the folks at Bear & Son

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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by deltaboy » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:34 am

Thanks.
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by AR Norby » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:55 pm

I bought the same knife the OP pictured around 2013 at an Ace in the Phoenix area and have found it to be a solid reliable knife. My only complaint, and a minor one at that, was it was not sharp out of the box and took awhile to get an edge on it. But once i did, it was great and holds an well.
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by OSCAR » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:50 pm

I have read some negative comments regarding Bear. I own several, and I have been VERY pleased with all of them. If I’m not mistaken, one of the employees of the Parker factory bought it and started Bear in the same Alabama factory. I’ve always found that the fit, finish and overall quality were well worth the price.
Mine have great snap, no wobble and are great quality. I find that their folders, particularly the traditional ones, have strong backsprings , and some see this as a fault, because it takes more effort to open and close them. I see it as quality materials. Not as strong a spring as Queen used, but more than Case.
I also have a few McCoy knives (stamped Arkansas) but I’d swear that Bear made them under contract. They look virtually identical to some Bear I have. Ace hardware where I live only carries Case. I’d love to find that stag stockman at that price. !!!
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by OSCAR » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:21 pm

I found that knife finally at an Ace Hardware store for $33. They had 2 in stock but one had a slightly wobbly blade with poor snap. The other was perfect! Having only 2 in stock, half of them weren’t a quality product. I’m sure if I could examine more that would be a lower percentage. I am not a huge Bear knife collector but I am very pleased by the half dozen or so that I have. Great for the price and many are carbon steel which I prefer to stainless. I do think that they would sell more and be more valued as collectibles if they improved their quality control. Thanks for your post, as I really like this knife! Oscar
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by Old Hunter » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:57 am

Oscar, glad this review was still useful to you after a number of years and glad you found one to buy. Mine is still in my waterfowl bag (with a Buck Waterfowl fixed blade) - going duck hunting with me on Currituck Sound once again the week before Christmas. A Happy Thanksgiving to you today. OH
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by OSCAR » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:04 pm

Thanks Old Hunter and very happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you as well. Oscar
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Re: Bear & Son - 4" Stockman #547

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:38 pm

Interestingly enough, I had just dug the few Bear & Son pocket knives out that I have but didn't take any pictures yet. They don't get a lot of press for USA made knives, seem to be more of a user than a collector. Very durable in design and the ones I have seem to be well made. Very affordable too, even the stag ones.

*edit- I still have these
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